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reorient axis

Discussion in '3rd Party Add-ons' started by eric@velmex, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. eric@velmex

    eric@velmex Member

    I am playing with the CAM demo and I drew my part on the wrong coordinate system and am having difficulty changing the plane my initial sketch is on. Is there a way to do this or is there a way to orient my coordinate system in CAM?
  2. Lew_Merrick

    Lew_Merrick Alibre Super User

    Eric -- Create a New Part and perform a BOOLEAN Unite and use it to Insert your Part in the "corrected orientation." It works!
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  3. bigseb

    bigseb Alibre Super User

    If AlibreCAM cannot let you re-orient the part or allow you to select a machine spindle axis that would be a major letdown for a CAM software. My opinion.

    Also (this comes up regularly) I don't believe a part can be 'drawn in the wrong co-ordinate system'. A part is merely a part. Context can created using assemblies. In your case booleans would work too, as Lew suggests.
  4. MikeHenry

    MikeHenry Alibre Super User

    So far as I can recall, it was only the earlier releases of AlibreCAM that had no feature to realign parts along different axes and more recent versions incorporated the realignment capability. Perhaps the demo/free version that the OP is using doesn't have that support.

  5. bigseb

    bigseb Alibre Super User

    Could be... although it would be very limiting for AlibreCAM if it were true. What if you were running a Maho for example (where the Y and Z axis are switched)?
  6. bigseb

    bigseb Alibre Super User

    Btw just had a look at the pricing for the expert package... $2000... not bad not bad. Is it still integrated like before?

    (As you can tell I like integration. One file for 3D model, drawing, CAM and FEA)
  7. MikeHenry

    MikeHenry Alibre Super User

    This was early on in the Visual Mill product line - maybe 2008 or so? Or maybe I'm thinking of the free AlibreCAM that came with Alibre (maybe Expert) for a while. In any case an Alibre user friend uses a recent version and I don't think that it suffers from that limitation any more, though the demo version might.
  8. KMoffett

    KMoffett Senior Member

    Mecsoft has a lot of one hour Youtube video tutorials out there for VisualCAM (AlibreCAM).
    One on Orientation:
    Also, the people at Mecsoft (Uday and Chrish) have been extremely helpful for me.

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  9. fabcadmz

    fabcadmz Senior Member

    The problem with this method is, you can no longer use sketches to drive machining operations, one of the advantages of integrated CAM. It is much easier to re-orient in the CAM browser.
  10. KMoffett

    KMoffett Senior Member

    Am I missing something? I'm using Alibre Design Expert 2017 and AlibreCAM 2017 Expert, and have no problem using Boolean Unite or Component Placement in a Sketch to reorient a Part and then setup the linked CAM MOPs.
  11. DavidJ

    DavidJ Alibre Super User

    This can be done using the machine tool coordinate system. Personally I don't find the descriptions on the buttons to set this up very helpful, so I end up playing until I get it right. Definitely an area where MecSoft could improve usability...

    [EDIT - is actually best done within the Setup option (allows you to change part way through job by defining new setup) - still very similar and could be more intuitive, some of the wording doesn't really convey intent].
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2017
  12. fabcadmz

    fabcadmz Senior Member

    No you are not missing anything, I wasn't very clear. What I meant was: the original sketch used to create the feature in AD can no longer be used to drive a MOP in ACAM if boolean is used. Sketches still work, but they need to be projected from the Boolean part or redrawn.

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